We are dedicated to providing our patients with as much information as we can to help you make informed choices. For years we have had many pamphlets and brochures of which quite a few are on display in our reception area. We have many other additional printed materials that you might find helpful. We also maintain a strong video library of titles that you are welcome to view on visits here to the office. However, with the emergence of the Internet many sites of interest have come to our attention that you might find informative. Many of these sites are updated regularly and have links to other sites as well.
Listed below are a few helpful websites:
Southern College of Optometry - This is my new home, where I get the amazing opportunity to work with an amazing faculty, staff and administration to help educate our future generations.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development
This organization serves as the certifying body for Doctors in the Optometric specialty called Behavioral/Developmental/Rehabilitative Optometry. If a doctor chooses, he/she may apply for COVD fellowship after practicing three years as a Behavioral Optometric Clinician. Fellows are board certified specialists in vision development and vision therapy. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of this organization and served as a board member for one term.
Optometric Extension Program (OEP)
The OEP Foundation is an international non-profit organization that serves the educational needs of behavioral optometrists by providing continuing education for doctors. The OEP Foundation also provides public information about vision care. Dr. Harris is the Director of Education for the OEP and has been on the board of directors since 2002.
American Optometric Association (AOA)
The American Optometric Association’s principal mission is to improve the quality and availability of eye/vision care for all Americans. Dr. Harris has been a member of the AOA since he became an optometry school student in 1975.
Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (ACBO)
Dr. Harris received his Fellowship from ACBO in 1994, the year they hosted the second International Congress of Behavioral Optometry in Sydney Australia. Dr. Harris is one of only two Americans who have attained Fellowship in both the COVD and ACBO. This site has some excellent informative pieces for the public and professionals alike.
Parents Active for Vision Education
PAVE is a national non-profit resource and support organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement. The organization was founded by parents and teachers who have seen the benefits of vision therapy on a first hand basis. This link gives phone numbers to local chapters that may be near you and also a national number listed in case a chapter is not in your area. This is a great support group/network for parents.
This is an FAQ with a tremendous amount of information relative to vision therapy. Most of your questions will be answered here!
This site has information about the courses Dr. Harris teaches to his colleagues here and around the world. A good bit of his writing is also on this site.
This site contains a lot of information written to help the public understand how pervasive vision is in the things we do every day. It is written for the non-professional.
This site is a blog done by the education consultant Pattie Lemer and is linked to the Developmental Delay Resources organization, which is a marvelous resource for parents with children with a wide array of developmental issues including the autism spectrum and various influences of nutrition, toxicities, and vaccination caused difficulties in children.
This site has excellent reference material on vision and learning problems
Pat Wyman is an educator extraordinaire who has worked with optometry and recognizes the role vision plays in helping children develop their abilities to the fullest. There is a nice video at this site about vision therapy.
This site promotes eye safety through a series of training DVD's and videos and is excellent for school and clubs involved in activities where eye safety is important.